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Woman accused of stealing from 74-year-old

Courtney Astolfi • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:40 PM

A Sandusky woman was arrested this week for allegedly swindling an elderly woman out of more than $1,000.

Kimberly Moots, 27, of the 300 block of Finch St., was charged with theft from an elderly person, a fourth-degree felony.

A 74-year-old Hayes Avenue woman reached out to Sandusky police March 12 to report her bank account was “hacked,” according to a police report. She noticed $1,500 missing from her checking account and said her debit card was also missing.

On Monday, the woman again reached out to police, showing them her Citizens Bank account statement.

Detailed in the paperwork: $1,060 in missing funds, the report said.

Officers noted 22 separate transactions in her account from March 3 to March 17. The charges were made at multiple local businesses, including several gas stations, McDonald’s, Meijer and Aeropostale, and even included wireless and Ohio Edison payments, the report said.

Officers then confronted Moots, a family friend of the woman, who insisted she fell victim to a scam.

Moots alleged she’d been dating a Nigerian man online and gave him the woman’s account information so she could receive $2,000 in “inheritance money” from the man’s uncle, the report said.

Moots said the man wired the money, but the woman’s bank statement did not list a $2,000 deposit.

Officers then asked Moots if she used the woman’s card for personal purchases. Moots admitted to making the purchases at local businesses, but insisted she’d used her own card to make them, and the Nigerian man somehow linked her pre-paid debit card to the woman’s account, the report said.

“Kimberly loosed away from me while I was asking questions, crossed her arms and changed her body posture … I felt she was not being truthful with me,” the officer stated in his report.

The officer told Moots she had one opportunity to be truthful. Moots paused for a second, then again said, “No, I didn’t use her card” the report said.

The woman said she wanted Moots held accountable, so prosecutors authorized a felony theft charge.

As Moots was already incarcerated on a separate theft offense, officers served her the charges at the Erie County jail. She’s being held there on $5,000 bond.

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